Lesbian Poet C.C. Carter Coming to Palm Beach
On Saturday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m., award-winning poet C.C. Carter will appear at a Riviera Beach house concert organized by Bi, Lesbian and Straight Together (BLAST) Women of Palm Beach.
Carter’s work has earned many honors. She won the fifth annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Competition, and also received a 2003 Lambda Literary Award nomination for her first book of poetry, Body Language. Currently, she is an artist with Olivia Travel, appearing on several cruises including the recent Olivia 40th Anniversary Cruise.
In a phone interview with SFGN, C.C. Carter described her poetry.
“Spirit and sensuality all wrapped in one. I like to think that it comes from a higher power. It [also] embraces body image for women who don’t fit in this perfect little box,” she said. “
Women who are full-sized, women of color, lesbians, and all those intersections that come into play.”
In “Strut,” Carter lead a group of women, the D.I.V.A. Strutters, as they dance in celebration of being full-figured.
Yet as a young girl, Carter was often ridiculed in school for how she looked.
“I was what they call ‘built,’” she said. “It caused me to withdraw a lot.”
She said her grandmother introduced her to “the power of poetry” as a way to deal with adversity.
“She gave me Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’… I had to say it every morning before I left for school and every night after I said my prayers,” Carter said. “That became my saving grace.”
Carter is currently the Assistant Principal for the Joshua Johnston Fine Arts and Design Charter School in Chicago, where she teaches students about the “saving grace” of poetry. She asserted that it’s important to “use the arts as a way to encourage [students].”
Next month, Carter will publish her latest book of poetry, Body Target.
Her first book, Body Language, presented the themes of coming out as a lesbian, body image, erotica, and femme visibility. Body Target explores questions of lesbian visibility within more of a social context.
“What does a lesbian look like as a mother of a young black son in the city with the highest murder rate for young black men? What does a lesbian look like in the workplace of education?”
Carter added that readers will also find “the erotica that they love.” Overall, the new book reflects her multifaceted sense of identity: “I am this whole person that happens to be lesbian.”
Tickets for C.C. Carter will be sold on the night of the show, but they are expected to sell out. BLAST founder, Toni Armstrong Jr., advises anyone interested in tickets to check the BLAST Meetup group for availability, and to purchase them online.
If you go see C.C. Carter
Saturday, June 15, 2013
House Concert in Riviera Beach, FL
Exact location is only disclosed to members of the BLAST Meetup Group
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